Bachelor of Creativity (Writing)

Learn the skills to tell your stories. Develop your craft for novels, short stories, poems or film scripts. In year one, try everything; in year three, create a publishable manuscript in your specialisation. It’s a warm, close-knit community and you’ll learn from experienced writers as well as each other.

If you're serious about writing, the Bachelor of Creativity (Writing) will help develop your skills to produce a manuscript you can submit to a publisher by the end of the third year.

You can enrol full-time or part-time in the Bachelor of Creativity (Writing) beginning in year one. In some cases, you can enrol directly into year two or three if you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Programme outline

Year One

Discover where your strengths and interests lie by working in short fiction, script-writing, poetry, and non-fiction.

Year Two

Focus on your selected genre and create a first draft manuscript, working in a workshop environment and with a mentor. Classes during year two are held either one weekend a month, or weekly. You will receive regular ongoing support but will need to be self-motivated.

Year Three

Research and create a major body of work suitable for submission to a publisher or equivalent, working in a workshop environment and with a mentor. Classes during year three are held either one weekend a month or weekly. You will receive regular ongoing support, but will need to be self-motivated.

In addition to specialised topics, the Bachelor of Creativity includes both core courses and the option to enrol in electives.


Entry criteria

NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification/work experience, or New Zealand Certificate in Creative Writing (Level 4) and evidence of ability based on portfolio and interview.

The programme is suitable for school leavers and recommended secondary school subjects and levels and/or vocational pathways are: English, Creative Writing, Social Studies, History, Geography, Media Studies and the Sciences.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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